Health News Archive - May 10, 2009


The fear of swine flu seems to have had a significant effect on the level of physical contact in which people are now engaging.

PITTSBURGH, May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The winners of today's Susan G.


150 peaceful protesters gathered in Amsterdam Saturday as part of a global action for the legalization of marijuana.

Health Care Improvement Firm Recognizes Efforts in Patient Satisfaction SOUTH BEND, Ind., May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- In honor of National Hospital Week, Press Ganey Associates, Inc., is proud to recognize all of its hospital partners for their daily dedication to improving the quality of care they provide. "The doctors, nurses, and staff at our partner hospitals are consistently striving to improve quality, and they deserve to be commended," said Rick Siegrist, Press Ganey's president and CEO.

NEWARK, Calif., May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- InSound Medical, Inc., today announced that Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry ("MD&DI") magazine selected the company's "100% Invisible" Lyric(R) hearing aid as one of the 32 winners of its twelfth annual Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA.) MDEA is the premier awards program for the medical technology community and uses an impartial panel of jurors to evaluate entries.

Higher concentrations of melanin -- the color pigment in skin and hair -- may indicate increased susceptibility to nicotine dependence, U.S.

Homicidal poisoning -- an often overlooked crime -- is rare but on the rise, with infants the most common victims, University of Georgia researchers say. Greene Shepherd of the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy and recent graduate Brian Ferslew examined seven years of recent federal mortality data and identified 523 deaths due to homicidal poisoning -- a figure that corresponds to a rate of 0.26 poisonings per million people. The study, published in the journal Clinical Toxicology, finds poisonings appear to be on the rise -- although they account for less than 1 percent of all homicides. The study documented a low of 0.20 cases per million in 2000 and a high of 0.35 in 2004. Homicidal poisoning is rare relative to a lot of other causes of death, but the numbers are trending higher, Shepherd said in a statement.

Massage after exercise, despite conventional wisdom, does not improve circulation to the muscles or removal of lactic acid, researchers in Canada said. This dispels a common belief in the general public about the way in which massage is beneficial, Michael Tschakovsky, a professor at Queen's University in Kingston, said in a statement. It also dispels that belief among people in the physical therapy profession.

A woman's poor self image can take a toll on her health, but U.S. researchers say an extremely good body image can also take its toll on a woman's health. Dr.

Word of the Day
  • An uxorious, effeminate, or spiritless man.
  • A timorous, cowardly fellow.
Probably a blend of meek and cock, or from meek +‎ -ock (“diminutive suffix”).